The Barnsley and Rotherham chamber Christmas dinner was held at Ardsley House Hotel Barnsley today and was attended by businesses from throughout South Yorkshire including Kinspeed. After a few speeches from the chamber president and chief executive it was down to eating and being merry. The food was excellent with plenty on the plate and I think Ardsley House should be congratulated on the spread they produced. My first Christmas dinner this season and a contender for best one already.After dinner we were entertained by staff and students from Barnsley academy playing past and present musical hits. During the entertainment raffle tickets were sold and a magnificent £266 was raised. At one point the raffle tickets ran out and a visit to Arkwrights store on Doncaster Road was in order for more tickets.The serious business of the raffle then started. Highlander business solutions donated a Kindle for the first auction and this raised a healthy £65. The next lot was the star of the show, a signed Sheffield United shirt, and brisk bidding rapidly took the price to £110 won by Ian Wragg who was determined to win the shirt and especially to donate to Sheffield Childrens hospital who 18 years ago operated on his daughter as a baby and saved her life. Dr Jenny Walker you will always hold a special place in our hearts. By the way the Sheffield Wednesday shirt raised £90.Over £500 for the Sheffield Childrens hospital was an excellent result, well done everyone.